Bin Bypass' can-do expansion plans

Published 5:00pm 11 March 2024

Bin Bypass' can-do expansion plans
Words by Nick Crockford

Bin Bypass, a social enterprise based at Ferny Hills, is now rolling out a new landfill diversion scheme across Queensland.

It follows a trial on the Sunshine Coast when 33 Bin Bypass containers were attached to public bins in the Cotton Tree Park area.

Each Bin Bypass container enables members of the public, not wanting to keep empty cans and bottles for a 10-cent refund, to leave them for others to collect.

The temporary container docking stations can help community groups and charities to raise much-needed funds for their invaluable work.

Bin Bypass co-founders Jonathan Gibson and Kris Spann

More than 10,000 recyclable containers have already been saved from landfill in two months and Bin Bypass has partnered with Containers for Change Queensland to expand further.

Bin Bypass co-founder Jonathan Gibson is delighted the Moreton Bay product has been so well received on the Sunshine Coast and is now poised for statewide adoption.

"As a small social enterprise, this really validates our mission to promote recycling and sustainability using local innovation,” he said.

Fellow co-founder Kris Spann said the expansion creates opportunities across Queensland. “We are proud to partner with Containers for Change to rollout Bin Bypasses to more communities, creating increased social impact and environmental benefits.”

Bin Bypass took part in the Sustainability Demo Day produced by MBRIT (Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism) in 2023.

There company pitched its product to council representatives from across South-East Queensland.

“Bin Bypass, developed in Moreton Bay, has the potential to revolutionise bin recycling by providing a safe, legal, efficient and dignified way to collect containers,” said Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism CEO Tash Wheeler.

Bin Bypass has released four products that attach to public infrastructure to help councils, shopping centres, universities and hospitals adapt to the state container deposit schemes.

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